Samsung Galaxy S ‘Value Pack’ Firmware Update Released In Korea

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A couple of weeks ago, Samsung had announced that after it starts rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, it will also roll-out a new firmware update for the Galaxy S. The new firmware update will not bring Ice Cream Sandwich update, but instead is a ‘value pack’ upgrade which contains some Ice Cream Sandwich.

This includes Face Unlock, an improved TouchWIZ launcher, a new lock screen, faster performance and the ability to click pictures while shooting a video. The Photo editor found in the Galaxy S II, is also bundled in this update. At the moment, this ‘value pack’ firmware update is only available for the Galaxy S owners in Korea.

Samsung will hopefully start rolling out the update to other regions of the world soon. To install the firmware on their handset, users need to use Samsung’s KIES 2.0 software.  Sammy will also be releasing the ‘value pack’ firmware update for other Android powered Galaxy handsets including the Galaxy M, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy K/U.

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HTC Wind Leaked Pics And Specs Emerge

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HTC is expected to launch a mid-range Android smartphone in China. This handset will be called as the HTC Wind smartphone. Recently, the leaked pics and specs of this device was spotted at the Taiwanese forum ePrice. This handset looks quite similar to the recently launched HTC One S smartphone. It offers a mid-range hardware along with the dual-SIM support.

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The HTC Wind runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It comes with a 4 inch Super LCD WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3.5 mm headset jack, Play Store, Bluetooth 3.0, Beats Audio, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1650 mAh battery.

HTC Wind will be available for just 1999 Chinese yuan (approx. $315). This handset is not expected to launch in European and American markets. The release date of this handset is still unknown. HTC might launch this device in India and other developing countries, where dual-SIM phones are quite popular. Stay tuned for more updates.

HTC Titan II Coming To AT&T On April 8 For $199.99

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Earlier this year, HTC announced the powerful HTC Titan II at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset is the successor of the popular HTC Titan smartphone. It comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD display as well as a 16 megapixel pixel camera. This handset runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Operating System.

The HTC Titan II is the company’s first 4G LTE smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the AT&T customers in the US. We have good news for those who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this handset. AT&T recently announced that the HTC Titan II will be finally available for purchase from April 8. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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HTC Titan II features a 4.7 inch super LCD display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, 16 megapixel rear camera with f/2.6 28mm lens, dual-LED flash, red eye reduction and image stabilization, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for on-the-go video chat over Wi-Fi and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, stereo FM radio with RDS, 4G LTE Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Windows Marketplace, Windows Phone Office Hub, Microsoft Exchange 2010, Outlook Mobile, A-GPS, Bing Maps, HTC Hub and a 1730mAh lithium ion battery.

The HTC Titan II offers quick access to the latest movies and TV shows via HTC Watch and on-the-go gaming with Xbox Live. This handset will be available for purchase from April 8 for $199.99 with a two year service agreement. Are you planning to buy this handset or you will go for the upcoming Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC One X? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

HTC One X And HTC One S Up For Pre-Order At Vodafone And Three UK

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Last month, HTC announced 3 new smartphone in its latest HTC One family, the HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V. All of these handsets runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The HTC One X and One S are high-end smartphones, while the HTC One V is a mid-range phone. HTC has announced that these device will be available for purchase from Q2 of 2012. Now, Vodafone and Three have already started taking pre-orders of the HTC One X and One S in the UK. If you are still unaware of the features, then check out the complete specs below.

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Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said, “The new HTC One X and HTC One S are two of the hottest smartphones for 2012. Our new worry free data plans make Three the network of choice for these innovative handsets as they give customers the freedom to explore and enjoy the mobile internet without ever having to worry about surprise data charges. Demand will be high so we’re delighted that we can offer customers the chance to be one of the first to get their hands on one.”

HTC One X comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, HDMI, DLNA connectivity and a 1800 mAh battery.

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HTC One S features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4.0, 8 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera, 3.5mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 3.0, Play Store, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage and more.

You can get these device for free on Three UK with a 2 year service agreement and a monthly plan starting from £24. On the other hand, Vodafone is offering the HTC One X and One S for free with a 2 year service agreement and a monthly plan of £41 and £36 respectively. You will get a free pair of urBeats headphones, if you pre-order any of these devices from Vodafone. Three UK customers can pre-order these smartphones from Three stores or by calling 0800 358 4339.

Go Dev Team Releases Go Backup; Titanium Backup Just Got a Very Serious Competitor!

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Despite’s Android ‘open’ nature, there is no way for non-rooted Android handset owners to make a complete backup of their phone’s data. To take a complete backup of your Android handset, including your installed apps along with its data, users must have root access on their handset.

Titanium Backup is the app for all rooted users to make a backup of their phone. The app is one of the most popular paid apps in the Android Market, and is updated frequently. Sadly, Titanium Backup is not an all in one backup solution since it does not make a backup of user’s personal data like contacts and SMS’s.

Last week, the popular Go Dev team has released a new app in the Android Market, which looks to dethrone Titanium Backup from its position. The app, GO Backup, allows users to make a complete backup of their contacts, SMS, installed apps (only for rooted users) and much more. Another advantage of the app is its ability to backup the settings and preferences of any other Go app installed on your system, which will definitely be appreciated by Go app users.

Two of the biggest advantages of GO Backup over Titanium Backup are its UI and price. Unlike Titanium Backup, which looks down right horrible and confusing, GO Backup has a very polished UI and is very easy to use. The final nail in the coffin of Titanium Backup by the Go Locker is its price – Free. Yes, like every other Go app released by the Go. Dev team, even GO Locker is available as a free download!

Archos G9 Gets a Bug Fixing Software Update; Fixes Bugs Introduced In ICS Update!

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Remember the Archos G9 Ice Cream Sandwich update? Well, apparently the update while adding many new features and enhancements, also introduced some new bugs. Post the update, Archos G9 users faced Wi-Fi connection issues on their tablet, with the tablet refusing to connect to any Wi-Fi network or disconnecting frequently.

There were other issues as well, like the HDMI output not working properly, VPN connection failing and the touch screen not responding to multi-touches properly. The battery life of the tablet was also affected, because of the device not going into suspend mode properly once Bluetooth was enabled. Thankfully, Archos has been quick to react to the complaints of its users, and has released a new firmware update for its tablets that fixes the above issues. Below is the full change-log of the update -:

  • Wi-Fi: fix slow throughput and disconnections happening on some access points
  • HDMI: solve no sound or no video output issue on some TVs
  • Bluetooth: make sure Bluetooth does not prevent device suspend
  • VPN: fix VPN connection failing
  • Touchscreen: avoid loss of first finger touch while tapping with second finger
The update is already live, and Archos G9 owners can download the update manually by going to Settings -> About and then selecting the Software Updates option.

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